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22 May 2008 :: 17:05:18 pm 7096

Man U Clinch Euro Championship In Moscow On The 58th Anniversary Of Munich

Busby Babe ex-star player, Sir Bobby Charlton, one of the survivors of the Munich air crash which almost wiped out the UK‘s most famous football team, Manchester United, witnessed his ex-team‘s triumphant victory over Chelsea to win the Champions League Final at Luzhniki Stadium for the third time, on 21 May 2008; fifty years after the fateful crash.
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As ageing Charlton, now 70, ascended the steps to pick up a plaque on the club’s behalf, his four fellow Munich survivors — Harry Gregg, Bill Foulkes, Albert Scanlon and Kenny Morgans — looked on compassionately.

It was truly a momentous occasion, the match won by a hair’s breadth, effectively because of Chelsea captain, John Terry’s misfortune, as he slipped and fell while taking the penalty, losing the clincher. An event which United’s manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, put down to fate, because it categorically allowed Man U to banish the spectre of that other fateful occasion 50 years before, the Munich disaster, by winning the Champions League. “I had said beforehand that we wouldn’t let down the memory of the Busby Babes,” Ferguson said. “Even John Terry slipping as he took the penalty might have been fate. Who knows? We had a cause and people with causes can be very difficult to barter with.”

A hard won victory following extra time with a 1-1 draw, gave United the match on the aggregate penalty score of 6-5 in an evening which had witnessed Cristiano Ronaldo’s early goal, an equaliser from Frank Lampard, a red card for Drogba in extra time after he slapped Nemanja Vidic during a 19-man skirmish, the heart-stopping shoot-out and Goalkeeper Edwin van de Sar heroic saving of Nicolas Anelka’s penalty, the clincher which crowned United Euro-champs.

The clash of the titan managers, Ferguson and Abramovich, resulted in the former’s triumphal gaining of another European Cup, his 2nd since 1999, whereas for Chelsea’s billionaire owner, it represented a broken dream as he saw his team vanquished; an event which will probably mark coach Grant’s swansong as he finally falls out of favour.

“It’s the first penalty shoot-out I’ve ever won in a big game,” Sir Alex Ferguson said and re-invoked destiny card saying “I think there was a bit of fate about it.” He concluded by stating “We were fantastic in the first half and could have been three up but then they scored a lucky goal. They were better in the second half. I’m delighted for everyone. It’s an amazing achievement. We deserve it.”

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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